Beware Before You Click: The Dangers of '@' in URLs

In the digital age, where a click can lead you anywhere on the web, caution is paramount. Among the myriad of links that populate our screens, there's one particular symbol that should raise a red flag: the '@' sign in a URL. While the internet offers boundless opportunities for information and connection, it also harbours risks, and these seemingly innocuous characters can be a gateway to trouble. I came across this article the other day and it detailed something I wasn't aware of. So where does this link go :- At first glance (and certainly if you only saw the first 50 characters) you'd be forgiven for thinking that you would end up on the BBC's website.  Hover over it first, then give it a click to se

March/April Payroll Year End Guide 2024

  We have now released our End of Year Guide for this year.  We would advise you refer to it and use it when processing your payroll year end in Opera. Note that there are two guides: one for simple payrolls and one for multiple/consolidated payrolls. The guide can be found on our Payroll Year End page on our website. If you have any questions please get in touch

Implementing Process Control Tooling from Gesipa

Challenge Quad was approached by an automotive company aiming to integrate GESIPA rivet nut guns into their build process. Due to being an automotive company, safeguarding their application against reject parts was crucial. They enquired about the feasibility of developing PC software to communicate with and retrieve data from the devices, enabling identification of failures and providing instructions for technicians. Despite uncertainty, GESIPA deemed the request feasible, albeit without existing examples due to the nature of this bespoke application. Requirements From GESIPA To be able to set the rivet nuts and capture the data sent from the FireFox 2 C-WT tooling to be able to identify good/bad fastener sets.  From Quad To design a visual display (on a large mounted TV screen) of the product with crosshair highlighting the holes that the operator must set the rivet nuts in, and which tool should be used. All the data must then be automatically saved and be able to be recalled from

Maximizing Outlook Efficiency: The Power of Custom Add-Ins

Traditionally, locating folders within Outlook can be time-consuming, especially in accounts with extensive folder structures. To combat this, I wrote an add-in for Outlook which appears in the toolbar.  The add-in provides a seamless solution by incorporating simple search capabilities, enabling me to quickly pinpoint desired folders through searches. It simplifies the navigation process, reducing the hassle of scrolling through a multitude of folders. By enhancing folder accessibility, this add-in empowers me to organize emails more effectively. With quicker access to relevant folders, I can prioritize tasks, retrieve information promptly, and maintain a structured email system. This efficiency boost translates into saved time and increased productivity throughout the workday. Bespoke Outlook add-ins tailored to specific user needs can unlock a plethora of benefits beyond a simple folder search. Customized add-ins might introduce functionalities such as real-time collaboration tools,

Some Useful Videos About Cyber Security

 As we come to the end of cyber awareness month, we thought we'd share a couple of useful resources that you might find useful.  If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. Multi-Factor Authentication Sometimes called MFA or 2FA (two-factor authentication) Protection From Malware and Ransomware Tech Support Scams Phishing Working Remotely - Securely We hope you found those useful.

The Power of Passwords: Why Words Trump Symbols

 In today's digitally-driven world, where almost every aspect of our lives is intertwined with the internet, the importance of passwords cannot be overstated. These virtual keys protect our personal information, financial assets, and digital identities from prying eyes and potential threats. While creating a strong and secure password is crucial, it's equally important to choose something memorable. Here's why words can be a better choice than symbols when it comes to crafting robust and user-friendly passwords. Firstly, words are easier to remember. Our brains are wired to process and store language effortlessly. This means that opting for a passphrase composed of words or phrases that have personal significance can make it easier to recall your password accurately, reducing the likelihood of resorting to less secure methods like writing it down. Additionally, words can still provide formidable security when combined with best practices like mixing upper and lower case let

Incoming Invoices Direct to Your Purchase Ledger

The Benefits of AP Automation Managing accounts payable (AP) can be a daunting task, especially for businesses with a large volume of invoices. Manual processes are time-consuming, error-prone, and can lead to late payments or even fraud. That's where AP automation comes in. AP automation is the use of software to streamline the AP process, from invoice receipt to payment. By automating AP, businesses can save time and money, improve accuracy, and reduce the risk of fraud. Here are some of the benefits of AP automation in Opera 3 SQL SE: Save time and money : AP automation can save businesses hours of manual labour each month. This frees up employees to focus on more strategic tasks. Improve accuracy : AP automation can help businesses avoid errors in invoice processing, such as incorrect amounts or payments made to the wrong supplier. This can save businesses money and damage to their reputation. Reduce the risk of fraud : AP automation can help businesses detect and prevent fraud